If the Cubs could acquire Price, the southpaw would join an already formidable rotation that includes Lester, Arrieta, Jason Hammel, and Kyle Hendricks. According to a report by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, even if the Tigers decide not to trade the left-hander, the team doesn’t expect to re-sign him at any point.
The Cubs also seem to be serious about adding another top-tier starting pitcher, as they have been connected to Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies, in addition to Price. Levine reports that at least eight clubs will try to complete a deal with Detroit for Price, but a strong Cubs farm system may create the best match.
One more note, while David Price has said he would “listen” to any offer the Tigers would present to him before free agency, he has never given the team a ringing endorsement. It’s been well over a century since the franchise has won it all but if it could land Price, the Cubs could have a chance to break the curse.
Cespedes has a unique clause in his contract that will end the Tigers’ ability to negotiate with the 29-year-old just five days after the World Series is over.
The Cubs connection to Price is about as surprising as the sun coming up this morning.
Despite the tantalizing thought of Lester, Arrieta, and Price atop the rotation, the reality is that the Cubs have no reason to be antsy. The Oakland Athletics traded Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros earlier in the day.
The Cubs have several promising young prospects, as well as a number of outfielders that could be of interest to Detroit. The Cubs have the money available, prospects to spare, and the desire to win now – and keep winning for years to come. Nor can it re-sign him as a free agent until after May 15 of the following year.
No, chances are the Tigers will not re-sign Price in the offseason. While it is odd for a team that is technically still in contention to sell their best starter, Price will likely command a salary north of $25 million on the market. The Tigers can still contend this year by adding the right pieces at the deadline and they wouldn’t be in bad shape for the foreseeable future – at least offensively.